July 27-29, 2014 Eight of Diks

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July 27-29, 2014 Eight of Diks

Postby Al-Shariyf » Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:36 pm

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Eight of Disks

Meditation Pattern: Place Atu XIX, The Sun, and Atu IX, The Hermit, side-by-side, with the 8 of Disks above them.

Traditional Description: A branch of a rose tree, with four white roses thereon, which touch only the four lowermost Disks. No rosebuds, but only leaves, touch the four uppermost disks. All the Disks are similar to that of the Ace, but without the Maltese cross and wings. They are arranged like the geomantic figure Populus (which is attributed to the Moon and Cancer):

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O O
O O
O O


Above and below them are the symbols of Sol and Mercury for the Decanate.

Hod of Earth: Skill, prudence, cunning, caution. Discipline and skill hone practical intent into finished results; artisanship, skill at one’s craft.

Sol/Virgo: Calculation. Intelligence, skill, diligence, care to detail, methodical, orderly. Carefully applied to material matters (especially in agriculture, artifice, or building.) Overly careful in small things at the expense of great: “Penny wise and pound foolish.” Gain of money in small sums; prudent; industrious.

Mercury + Sol: Practical,resourceful, clear mind, with those character traits conducive to careful work and fine detail.

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Re: July 27-29, 2014 Eight of Diks

Postby danica » Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:44 pm

- Practicality; thorough organization of daily routine; care of details which enables the whole of a project to function with ease and harmony; successful analysis; Aristotelian phronesis.
- “Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves”.
- Healthy nurture of seed (of whatever kind).

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- Cultivating; working step-by-step, finishing phase after phase with patient attention to details; taking care of “small things that matter a great deal”.
- Wisdom that comes from practical experience; gradual motion which enables success.
- Intellect aligned with Will, concerned with practical every-day questions and tasks; honed and refined analytic ability, applied at tasks at hand.
- Purity and clearness which come from Will that is not divided in itself; and all the virtues of Virgo.

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- Trade, business, traveling related to work, calculations & planning, routine that saves time and energy; “many a little makes a mickle”.
- Cleansing and purification of own character through working on little things, through daily chores, etc.
- Image appears of sifting river sand through a sieve, until only gold is left.
- To heal, to cure (practical aspects of this: details of treatment, application of required particularities, etc.), based on purification and restoration of healthy flow of individual’s energy.
- Words and knowledge stored into physical books and libraries: to know how to use them, how to “summon” out of it a specific information that is needed at the moment; encyclopedias and vocabularies. A thing has its meaning only inside a particular context; understanding of this, and adequate interpretation according to it.
- Spontaneous teaching; a master of a craft, who gained his mastery through years of practical work, attended by young who want to learn (succession of practical knowledge, craftsmanship, techniques).
- Mastering the practical and technical aspects of artistic working; self-discipline in thoughts and deeds through it.
"Write, & find ecstasy in writing! Work, & be our bed in working! Thrill with the joy of life & death! Ah! thy death shall be lovely: whoso seeth it shall be glad. Thy death shall be the seal of the promise of our age long love. Come! lift up thine heart & rejoice! We are one; we are none."
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